The non-sporty boy. He likes to dance!

The other day I read an article on HuffPost Parents about raising a boy that doesn’t play sports. I shared it on my Facebook page.

My husband is having a hard time with this. The non-sporty son.Me? Notsomuch. He might not ever make that layup, but…

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It resonated with many more people than I expected. It would appear that there are many non-sporty boys out there.

I guess I was sharing it as my own explanation for having a boy that doesn’t like sports. People normally ask what sports he’s doing instead of a general “what is he doing?”. I always launch into an explanation about how he tried all these different sports but never found his thing. Trying to explain. I see him struggle to answer it sometimes too. Although he is playing basketball right now, so at least he has that to offer. But let’s just say the college scouts are not making a bee line for the local YMCA’s courts. Um, no.

But I don’t want us to do that anymore. Why am I listing the things he has tried and doesn’t like? Why don’t I tell people that he draws, builds, and creates? He is loving his clarinet lessons. He’s going to take more acting classes. Fencing is something he’d like to try. They can ask him questions about all those things!

So in that spirit what he really loves, what he does, is dance.

I frequently tell people that there is nothing my boy works harder at or likes to do more than dance. Hip Hop dance to be precise. He is not a prodigy, but he’s really really good. And he loves it. So there you go.

The day I posted that FB status update we also went to his dance class and I took a little snippet of video…

 

Miss Twyla worked them really hard that day. He only learned those moves 15 minutes before I tried to stealthily record them through the glass door. In the car on the way home he said, “OMG that’s not a dance studio, that’s a murder room! I think I’m dying!!”.

He might have felt that way, but he’ll go back to that murder room. Week after week he will go. And love every minute of it. Because it’s what he does.

 

 

 

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Big Air at Fenway

Big Air at Fenway! Slopestyle skiers and snowboarders are coming to Boston on February 11 & 12th.

Now I’m not much of a skier, like, at all really. But my husband is a hike up the mountain, ski the woods kind of skier. And my kids have been taking lessons since just after they could walk. So they are super excited about this event. We’re also pretty big Red Sox and Fenway Park fans! The kids can’t wait to see how the park will be transformed to accommodate this…

Slopestyle qualifications 2015 Visa U.S. Freeskiing Grand Prix at Park City Mountain Resort in Park City, UT Photo © Melanie Harding

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2015 Visa U.S. Freeskiing Grand Prix at Park City Mountain Resort in Park City, UT
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Fenway Park will host a big air snowboarding and freeskiing U.S. Grand Prix tour event on February 11-12, 2016. “Polartec Big Air at Fenway” will feature a 140-foot high snow ramp, taller than the light towers at the ballpark, and bring in athletes from around the world including Olympic and World Champions.

As a U.S. Grand Prix and part of the International Ski Federation’s (FIS) World Cup tour, Polartec Big Air at Fenway will include many of the top big air competitors including Olympic slopestyle skiing gold medalist Joss Christensen, slopestyle snowboarding Olympic champion Sage Kotsenburg and Olympian Ty Walker.

 

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#BigAirFenway is no bunny slope…http://atmlb.com/1KDlIPu

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Visit http://redsox.com/bigair to buy your tickets!

 

 

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The Nutcracker 2015 – Boston Ballet

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Boston Ballet in Mikko Nissinen’s The Nutcracker; photo by Rosalie O’Connor.

One of my very favorite traditions of the holiday season is going to the Nutcracker with my daughter.

We get all dolled up, have a nice dinner out and go to the Ballet. I never want it to end. The evening, or the tradition. I know it will some day soon, she is getting so big. Already seven and becoming smarter and stronger every day. So I soak it all in.

The way she looks at the city, the theater, the dancers, the sets, the costumes, and me. The way her eyes light up when she sees the tree grow, how she giggles at the black sheep and the bear, the sound of her gasp as the men jump SO high, seeing her sit at the edge of her seat as the prima ballerina skillfully stays on pointe.

Again the dancing was flawless, sets and costumes gorgeous, so much loveliness in one place.

The Nutcracker is a story of Christmas but also of childhood. The wonder and magic of both. I love that I get to be a part of it with my little girl every year.

The Nutcracker is being performed by the Boston Ballet through December 31st. You can purchase your tickets here.

 

At The Nutcracker! @bostonballet never disappoints. #ballet #boston #christmas

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We found a friend at the @bostonballet! He’s cracking us up! #sorrynotsorry #ballet #christmas #boston

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Here are some reasons to go :-) (from 2012, but still hold true)

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Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical – a FLASH Giveaway!

Last year my littles and I went to the see the opening of the brand new musical Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer.

It was SO cute and SO much fun! My kids loved loved it and I thought it did the original TV show much justice. They didn’t try to change it, which I think was my biggest fear. That the producers would try to re- interpret the show. It’s stayed true to the much loved 50 year old classic TV Christmas special. The story, sets, characters, and songs were all familiar. Even the voices were spot on! The crowd of parents delighted when Rudolph squealed “I’m cuuuuuute!” and broke out in applause when the Prospector first bounded on stage! Because it was familiar. We were connecting to it on a memory level. And it ended with a bouncing snow flake sing a long!
I just quoted myself ;-)

It’s really the perfect starter show for kids. It’s not in any way pretentious and you’re out of there in an hour and a half. The performers keep them entertained the whole time!

Wanna go? Tomorrow night? I have a flash giveaway for a Family 4 Pack. Just leave me a comment below.

No widgets or hoops to jump through. Just comment on your memories of the show you watched every year as a kid, or tell me your secret holiday wish?

Winner will be announced at NOON tomorrow. So you gotta be ready to GO!

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RUDOLPH THE RED-NOSED REINDEER: THE MUSICAL

Returns by Popular Demand to Boston’s Citi Shubert Theatre
This Holiday Season!

Family-Friendly Stage Adaptation of CBS’ Highest Rated Christmas Special of All Time Returns to Stage
In Three North American Tours and Soars into Boston

One Week Only, Dec. 1 – 6, 2015
— Tickets Now On Sale —

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical plays at the Citi Performing Arts Center Shubert Theatre, 265 Tremont St., Boston, Tuesday, December 1 – Sunday, December 6, 2015, for 13 performances: Tuesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings at 7:00 pm; Thursday at 7:30 pm; morning matinees on Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday at 10:00 am; and afternoon matinees at 1:00 pm and 4:00 pm on Saturday and Sunday. Tickets are priced at $38.00 – $68.00; all prices include a $4.00 facility fee per ticket and are on sale at www.citicenter.org or by calling (866) 348-9738. Groups of 10 or may reserve tickets now by contacting Citi Performing Arts Center Group Sales at (617) 532-1116 or groups@citicenter.org For more information, visit www.citicenter.org .

For more information on the production, visit www.rudolphthemusical.com.

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King Richard’s Faire – A giveaway

KING RICHARD’S FAIRE INVITES YOU TO ESCAPE REALITY
COME TO THE FAIRE

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King Richard’s Faire is New England’s largest and longest-running Renaissance Faire. The 2015 season is to run September 5 through October 25, 2015 on weekends and Monday holidays.

Tucked away on 80 acres of enchanted forest off Rt. 58 in Carver, Mass., King Richard’s Faire announces its 34th season offering guests a full day of live, interactive entertainment for all ages. Guests will enjoy daring knights jousting on horseback and eight stages filled with song and dance, stunts and storytelling. Every Saturday afternoon, the King’s Stage offers themed contests and events to add variety to the festival-like entertainment lineup (see kingrichardsfaire.net for details).

 

There are two childrens’ special costume events- the Prince and Princess Promenade on 10/3 and the Fairies and Pirates Parade on 10/17.

Both are at 4p on the King’s Stage, first 50 to line up can parade on stage to show the audience their awesome costumes.

Seedling.com is donating the prizes and I can probably get my hands on a few to give away :-) Seedling activity kits are designed to help fuel young imaginations and open new paths to discovery. Young users are invited to use their own initiative at every stage of the activity – from the materials they’ll use to the ways they’ll play with it. Once they start, there’s no end to the possibilities.

One lucky Viola Cay reader can win four free tickets to King Richard’s Faire and a magical medieval activity kit from Seedling.com (total value around $160).

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MORE ABOUT THE FAIRE :-)


Guests can mingle with the King and his royal court, noble and not-so-noble subjects and skilled performers. When as famished as a mud beggar, enjoy the Faire’s delicious spit-roasted turkey legs, buttery ears of corn, boules filled with chowder and stew, ringlets of fries, and quench thirst with champagne, wine and brew. Shoppers can stroll through the 16th century village filled with the wares of more than 100 unique and talented artisans, including New England artists. At every turn, guests will encounter fantasy and wonder through minstrels, musicians, acrobats, stilt walkers, giant puppets, wenches, and more. Carvershire has been bustling with excitement as King Richard and Queen Anne welcome new entertainers and talented artisans to our enchanting village including:

the Great Cats of the World Show, Draiku, the amazing aerialist duo, Topsy Turvey, two beautiful acrobatic stunt mavens, Squire of the Wire, a comedy and juggling high wire act, and Princess Sing-Along, with our favorite trio of princesses!

Special event schedule:

Saturday 9/5: Carver Day – free admission for Carver residents with proper ID

Sunday 9/6: Military Appreciation Day – free admission for all those with valid military ID

Saturday 9/12, 4p: Cleavage Contest

Saturday 9/19, 4p : Vow Renewal Ceremony and Guinness Book of World Records attempt by Jack Ze Whipper (consecutive whip cracks) to follow on the jousting field

Saturday 9/26, 4p: Game of Thrones costume and trivia contest

Saturday 10/3, 4p: Prince & Princess Promenade for ages 11 and under, followed by princess meet & greet for all ages

Saturday 10/10, 4p: Men in Kilts Contest (18+)

Saturday 10/17, 4p: Fairies & Pirates Costume Contest (ages 11 and younger only)

Saturday 10/24, 4p: Adult Costume Contest (Cosplay, Time Travelers, Steampunk)

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Faire hours are 10:30a-6p every Saturday, Sunday, and Monday holidays, from September 5th through October 25, 2015. Tickets are $29 for adults (12+) and $16 for children ages 4-11. Children under 4 are free, and parking is free. Allergy mamas be aware: You can NOT bring in outside food. Discounts given to groups of 25 adults or more and private parties can be accommodated (birthdays, vow renewal ceremonies, weddings). Groups may make reservations by emailing info@kingrichardsfaire.net.

The Faire is located at 235 Main Street (Rt. 58) in Carver, Mass. 02330. Visit King Richard’s Faire on Facebook and on Twitter and Instagram @KRFaire, and on Pinterest as well.

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KIDSFEST at Wachusett Mountain – Giveaway!

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SO much fun to be had in two days of music, food and fun for the whole family!

The 25th Annual KidsFest is

September 19-20, 2015
10am-5pm



Enjoy sample foods on the spot, like burgers, hot dogs, pizza, ice cream, snacks and more… or take pre-packaged foods home with you more than 50 Market Basket Vendors!

As well as:
Flippenout Trampoline Show
Rainforest Reptile Show
Maximum Velocity BMX Bike Show
Baby Animal Petting Zoo!
Sample Skiing or Riding on our Kids’ Ski Deck
USA Ninja Warrior Challenge Course
presented by Sterling Gym
XLO’s In It To Win It Game Show Challenge

See the Wachusett page for all kinds of details!

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INTERACTIVE GAMES & ACTIVITIES:

  • Free Samples
  • Inflatable Games
  • SkyRide (*)
  • Moonwalks
  • Jugglers
  • Bungee Jump
  • Magicians
  • Balloon Artists
  • Clowns
  • Face Painting
  • Pony Rides
  • Climbing Wall

*Additional Fee. All other activities are included in the admission price.

 

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KidsFest Pricing

PLEASE NOTE: SkyRide is not included in the admission. This event is rain or shine. Schedule and activities may change due to weather. No pets or coolers permitted. No re-admittance.

I can’t wait to go on Sunday the 20th with the Fam. Do you want to bring your family, too?

Here’s your chance!  I’m giving away a family four (4) pack of tickets to attend KidsFest at Wachusett (good for one day only) for the 19th or the 20th.

Enter Here:
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Winner will be chosen at Random and notified via email.  Contest closes at noon on Monday 9/14/15.

Wachusett Mountain is located at 499 Mountain Rd, Princeton, MA.


 

 

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Disclosure: This post (and my sharing on social media) was inspired by my participation in a program by AmbitiousMoms.Com I have been given free tickets for my family to attend Kidsfest. 

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